Chitra Ramanathan Creates Brightly Colored Abstract Art
Chitra Ramanathan, an abstract artist, originally from India, currently living in Florida, creates brightly colored paintings of mixed media that evoke flowers blooming in the spring while emanating great joy. This is joy that the artist experiences in her daily life and while creating her many abstract art works.
Here are the words of artist Chitra Ramanathan
Through my body of work, I portray the subject of happiness as a visual interpretation. To achieve this goal, I employ intense, vibrant colors combining them with intricate textural materials, arriving at predominantly large collages that convey the universal mental emotion.
Since happiness has no recognizable form, I refer to the hint of figures and circular imagery as “formless forms,” a phrase I have coined to describe the abstract imagery. As happiness is a lifelong pursuit and yet could be most elusive as an ongoing goal in the human life cycle, I have depicted the feeling as fleeting and temporary, comparing the emotion to continually evolving ephemeral garden blooms and cyclical seasons in nature as both are transient and continually changing and evolving.
Though my current body of work is conceptual with mixed-media collage and acrylics as prime mediums, I am equally comfortable with portrait and landscape painting and drawing or painting with pencil, charcoal or oil since I have experimented with different mediums since early childhood.
Serendipity intervened, however, as some large public art commissions recently requested my more conceptual works, though in larger sizes than I usually do. Such is the case of MGM Mirage company that commissioned me to create a pair of signed, site-specific paintings each measuring 4 feet wide and 6 feet high, which have been permanently displayed in the Cafe Bellagio at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas.
Similarly, a commission was offered to me by the Washington Township School Foundation to complete a wall mural for children in the front lobby of Crooked Creek Elementary School, Indianapolis.
I also teach courses and workshops in mixed-media and acrylic painting in the U.S and taught as a Visitor Lecturer Invitee at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2005.
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